Notes: The 2001 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 100,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure problems have been a huge problem for Honda Accords & other models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda eventually extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accords as settlement for a class action lawsuit, but that period is over & owners of Accords with transmission problems are out of luck.

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad. Also make sure your 2001 Accord has been checked for the airbag recall: excessive pressure may cause metal fragments during airbag deployment.


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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 272007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I am writing in regards to a 2001 Honda Accord that I own. I have close to 76,000 miles, and I have always done every recommended service with a local Honda dealer here in canandaigua, NY. On June 21, 2007 I took the Honda to dealer for a noise in the rear of the car, it turned out to be rear stabilizer joints, both of them were replaced. Not even a week later, I am driving home from a short trip and hear this loud pop like my tire blew up. I had no idea what was happening, the next thing I knew something was scraping the road, and I could see some smoke in the rear view mirror, I somehow stopped the car and my mother and I get out. Fortunately, we weren't killed, a lower ball joint separated and pulled the axle out of the transmission and fluid leaked all over. I never expected this from a Honda, especially when I took good care of the car. My next question was the life expectancy of a lower ball joint, was it something that could go or break apart. Also, I would like to know how this could happen with no warning signs. When repairing the car I had the dealer check the other ball joints on the other side, and they noticed some play or movement in them. So they replaced the upper and lower ball joints on the other side. Which was also odd to me that 3 out of 4 ball joints needed replacement at such low mileage. I had the car inspected at the Honda dealer in October 2006, and during an inspection I understood that ball joints were to be looked at. If so, how come I was not informed of any rust in the ball joints at that time. How could they possibly have gotten so bad in 8 months time to cause such a catastrophe.

- Geneva, NY, USA

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